ASUS B23E: Performance

March 23, 2012 by Amber Riippa Reads (46,453)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.57
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Our ASUS B23E review unit has the following specifications:

  • 12.5-inch matte 720p LED display (16:9 aspect ratio, 1366×768 resolution)
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7-2620M dual-core processor (2.7GHz, 3.4GHz Turbo Boost, 4M cache)
  • Integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics
  • 4GB-1333MHz DDR3 memory (8GB max. supported)
  • 500GB 7200rpm Seagate Momentus hard drive (ST9500423AS)
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N Wi-Fi adapter (802.11a/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Integrated 2 MP webcam with on/off switch
  • No optical drive
  • 3-cell Lihtium-ion battery (4400 mAh, 48 Wh)
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
  • Dimensions: 12 x 8.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Price as configured: $950 

Performance and Benchmarks

Our review unit actually displayed pretty good performance. Despite its small (and thin) form factor, the B23E is packed with a fast dual-core processor clocking 2.7GHz, 4GB of RAM, and Intel HD graphics. This hardware is similar to what we’ve seen in some mid-range business desktops, meaning it’s just as good as well. Our review unit even runs on a 64-bit version of Windows which has better all-around capability than cheaper, competing netbooks running on 32-bit versions. The only thing we were somewhat worried about was the internal heat levels, what with all of this packed inside such a small space. We found that the heat wasn’t a huge problem, though.

The B23E’s processor and graphics will serve the needs of most business users who want a netbook but need better performance; and since the performance is good, you could consider getting a secondary monitor and using it as your main office notebook. It can easily multi-task several programs at once, and running office productivity applications won’t be a problem. For a notebook that costs around $950, we expected a better graphics card. Intel HD graphics aren’t bad and the system will be able to run HD video, though.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:


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